Thousands of Victorian students took to their bikes, scooters, skateboards or feet this morning to celebrate National Ride2School Day.
Minister for Education, James Merlino, welcomed students as they arrived at Yarra Primary School after walking, riding, scooting and skating to school.
Yarra Primary School is a leader in promoting healthy lifestyle choices – students learn about healthy eating through the kitchen garden program and Years 5 and 6 students learn to ride safely in the Bike Ed program.
Since 2006, the Ride2School program has encouraged thousands of students throughout Australia to ride and walk to school regularly.
The program encourages students to travel to and from school safely – wearing helmets if riding, and being aware of other users of roads and footpaths.
Bicycle Network manages the Ride2School program, including the National Day across Australia.
Schools participating in the program have more than double the national average of students walking and riding to school.
The Andrews Labor Government supports and funds the Ride2School program, which focuses on increasing the number of students travelling actively and safely to school all year round.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Education, James Merlino
“It’s so important for kids to keep active and healthy.”
“Actively travelling to school is a great way to ensure kids are energised and ready to learn at the start of each day.”
“The Andrews Labor Government is a proud supporter of Bicycle Network and the Ride2School program.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020